COLUMBUS, OHIO --- Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky and defenseman Jack Johnson have been selected to represent the United States at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Team USA’s management group announced today. The World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament will be held from September 17 to October 1, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jackets head coach John Tortorella will serve in the same capacity for Team USA at the tournament.
Dubinsky, 30, previously represented the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Championships. The Anchorage, Alaska native finished second on the Blue Jackets in assists and fifth in points with 17-31-48 and 71 penalty minutes in 75 contests this past season. The New York Rangers’ sixth pick, 60th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, he has tallied 129-238-367 with 745 penalty minutes and a +26 plus minus rating in 620 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Rangers in 10 NHL seasons. Acquired in a trade from the Rangers on July 23, 2012, he has recorded 48-106-154, 288 penalty minutes and is +2 in 227 career games with the Jackets.
Johnson, 29, has represented the United States in 10 previous international tournaments, including the 2010 Olympic Games (silver) as well as the 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships. He led the Jackets in TOI/game (24:10) and finished fourth in blocked shots (102) while posting 6-8-14 with 25 penalty minutes in 60 games this past campaign. The Indianapolis, Indiana native has notched 58-186-244 in 629 career games with the Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings in 10 NHL seasons. Originally Carolina’s first pick, third overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft, Johnson has registered 28-92-120 and 144 penalty minutes in 286 games with the Blue Jackets since being acquired in a trade from the Kings on February 23, 2012.
Eight teams -- Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America -- will compete in the two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena will host Team USA’s training camp in advance of the tournament. The camp begins on Monday, September 5 and concludes with a pre-tournament game against Canada on Friday, September 9. Columbus was also home to Team USA’s training camp prior to the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.
Tickets for the pre-tournament game, starting at $40, are currently available online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase by phone at (800) 745‐3000.